Our president emeritus Pascal Lamy chairs a session on “Fostering convergence in the euro area instruments and actors” as part of a seminar organised by our office in Germany and the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Which Convergence for the Euro Area?
The future European Monetary Union
The dramatic negotiations around Greece have triggered another round of soul-searching on the future European Monetary Union. There is a general agreement that the euro area is not viable in its current set-up. However, there is less agreement on what needs to be done. The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin will host a joined conference in order to address these issues.
When: Thursday, 3 December 2015, 1 6:30 pm
Venue: Friedrichstraße, 10117 Berlin
Aart De Geus, Chairman and President of Bertelsmann Stiftung
Henrik Enderlein, Director of the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin and Professor and Vice Dean of the Hertie School of Governance
Session 1: Economic convergence understanding a contested concept
Convergence plays a central role in the proposed reforms to strengthen the euro area. Yet the very notion of the concept is hotly debated. The first session lays the ground for the policy debate by investigating the following questions: What are the relevant dimensions of convergence? And how can we asses and measure them?
Session 2: Fostering convergence in the euro area instruments and actors
Building on the conceptual insights from the first panel, the second session discusses ways to improve the structural features of euro area economies that make them more resilient. This includes completing the Single Market, structural reforms, and macroeconomic stabilization mechanisms for the euro area.
Session 3: The route towards euro area reforms how do we get there?
The third session focuses on the politics of euro area reform: Many governments in the euro area have little appetite for reform in the face of an increasing popular scepticism about the current path of European integration. The concluding panel therefore discusses ways to anchor the euro area reform process in a politically feasible and democratically viable framework.
Speakers include: László Andor, Hertie School of Governance & ULB, Bergljot Barkbu, International Monetary Fund; Iain Begg, London School of Economics; Ettore Dorrucci, European Central Bank; Marcel Fratzscher, German Institute for Economic Research DIW; Steffen Kampeter, German Bundestag; Pascal Lamy, Pres. em. Jacques Delors Institute Paris; Catherine Mann, OECD; Karl Pichelmann, European Commission; Holger Schmieding, Berenberg Bank,Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Austrian Institute for Economic Research
Participation is by invitation only